MPR reports that the water protectors (pipeline protesters) are bracing for a confrontation with la enforcement. Those officers involved in confrontations and arrests could include sheriff’s deputies from Hennepin, Anoka, and Washington counties — inappropriately sent — in response to a request for assistance from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department in North Dakota.
We wrote on blog on this yesterday. Here are updates and resources.
First, it is important to know that there are multiple camps with different leaders. The Sacred Stones Camp is on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, just south of the Cannonball River. The Oceti Sakowin Camp (the main camp) and the Red Warrior Camp are just north of the Cannon Ball River, and have federal permits to be there. A northern camp is near the site of current pipeline digging, on land owned by the pipeline company. The confrontation will happen in and around the northern camp.
Petitions and Phone Calls: There a petitions and Action Alerts circulating, including this one from Honor the Earth. It includes a petition and a request for Hennepin County residents to call their county commissioners and demand that Sheriff Rick Stanek recall the deputies sent to North Dakota. Residents from Anoka and Washington counties could make similar calls to their county commissioners. Moveon.org also has a petition. Continue reading